People carry this misconception that cheap means bad, and that the quality is low. Without researching further, this instant assumption, in my view, is not valid. Since hosting business thrives in a fierce competition, even the top hosting companies are compelled to provide several incentives to their customers that reduce the hosting price significantly; thus the price seems very low; but the users tend to overlook the truth that the price has simply been discounted. And this kind of cheap hosting services usually comes in the form of a shared web hosting environment, which will be explained below.
It is not necessary that you have to adopt a cheap web hosting package, each hosting company is unique in its own way, and offers several hosting plans. The customer can even choose the free web hosting solution to host their sites. But that option is not widely recommended. Yes, you do not have to pay a dime out of your pocket but you have to make lots of compromises along the way. The first and foremost is that your site will be covered with tons of advertisements in the form of banner and text ads, all over the place. Secondly, free hosting cannot be entirely relied upon. There is no guarantee that their servers are monitored round the clock. Also the servers are very populated with a huge number of other websites, which directly affects the loading time of your website. Imagine you have a site that sells some product or goods, and then you are running it on some free hosting, what would happen to your business, if it is unreachable to your customers. Your business would certainly head towards the tank, and then you will lose money.Even if your site provides value and useful resources to your users, there is no use, if it cannot be reached by the viewers! They would be frustrated and move away. Also with free hosting, you barely get the amount of bandwidth, disk space, email accounts or scripting software that are essential to run your websites. And the security of sites is always a prime concern with free hosting.
So the better option is to select a cheap hosting service, which is provided by web hosts in a shared environment. Yes, you share the server with the other websites but this is the most popular plan that is being utilized by around 90% of the webmasters. Why? Because this shared web hosting plans are foremost cheap, and now that the competition is huge, you can get lots of bonuses and all the features that are needed to effectively run your websites for a very low price. Most cheap hosting service is as low as $5 depending on the hosting company. Like I said even the reputed and top hosting companies are offering this cheap hosting plan as it is practical, functional and perfect for people who are seeking for budget hosting and also reliability and functionality for their websites. Of course, once your site gets big and receives a large number of traffic then you can always adopt the Virtual Private Server hosting or even the dedicated servers, where you rent the whole server for yourself. Certainly, these two solutions will provide more functionality, power, and robust control to your sites; however, they are pricier compared to shared hosting plan, so these solutions are appropriate only if you need them.
Otherwise, shared web hosting plan are just fine. The price is affordable and the service you get is more than what you need for running your basic websites (ranging from personal to medium-sized e-businesses). Most of these shared hosting plans nowadays come with unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, free domain, MySQl databases, programming languages like PHP, Perl, Ruby, and almost all scripts and software for your ease-of-use and functioning of your websites.
However, my suggestion is to do an extensive research while choosing the hosting provider. Based on your needs, make a short list of several hosting companies. Compare their plans and features. How is the support system? Is it 24/7? It is actually a good idea to test the host before buying their service. So, do not hesitate to email or even call the host, and always ask questions. If you are able to get professional help within a certain period of time and you feel quite satisfied with them, then it would be easier for you to choose the one that you like the most. Make sure they do not surprise you later with any hidden fees, long term contracts, or even set up fees. Since, website hosting is a large market with many companies out there, approach cautiously, and choose a reliable web host that fits your hosting needs.